#Confessions T’was the Day Before Turkey Day

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And, all through the house..

The only creature stirring… is ME and my new baby April! 
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Happy Wednesday! 

I am running five miler tomorrow morning! #EarnYourTurkey or in my case, prime rib #EarnYourPrimeRib lol. Taking today as a rest day as far as workouts! Stretching and a little yoga. I have shopping and cleaning to do today!

Tomorrow is going to be weird. It is the first with out my Mother In Law, it was hard enough without Father In Law, and my Sister In Law is not hosting, Thanksgiving this year. My daughter is growing up and is in Alaska with her boyfriend visiting his mom, and my son is working. I think my husband is hunting in the morning.

My kids aren’t even out of the house and I am getting a taste of being an “Empty Nester!”

My daughter left on Saturday. She is only 17 (going on 25) and it was quite scary for ME to be honest! I’m more worried about the weather than anything. But, I’m lonely.

You would think I would be super productive. And, hopefully I can SAY that at the end of the day, however I have been … well lazy!

Maybe, a little Winter Blues. Sitting with my happy lamp on me as I type.

Where’s my REAL confession?! 

I have paid to upgrade this blog a long time ago, at least 6 months. All I really need to do it get on the phone with Blue Host and let them walk me through the transfer. This scares me, literally I fear change. I’ve tossed around the idea of starting a Blog from scratch. Still, this weighs on me. I was going to post my giveaway on Monday, but noticed the dates I wrote down were wrong, so…. what better way to kick off the new blog or new “old” blog than with a giveaway. 🙂

Another confession… I have been binging last couple days. I mean real honest to goodness, mindless eating until I feel sick. I do NOT purge, I just simply inhale food.

Honestly, I wrote it out, what I “really” come up with for reasons why, is I just had a scale victory. I didn’t realize that I had lost 20 lbs until I got on the same scale from two months ago. According to my clothes I knew I lost weight, but it wasn’t until i seen the number on the scale that I think I freaked out and started eating!

(I’ve had different forms of ED though the years) I’ll save all that for another blog.

So, I will recognize and accept that “that just happened!” And, move forward. As always easier said than done, but I put myself on front street and put a sticky note on fridge and cupboards to be “mindful” of my eating!

I am very thankful that I can recognize this pattern only a couple days in to the binge, because I will NOT “have” to lose progress. And, I should be PUMPED from MY success, not let it bring me down!

I am not even worried about tomorrow. I’m cooking so it’s gonna be a good post run Thanksgiving Feast!

So, tell me one confession and one thing to be thankful for!?!?! 

Wishing Everyone a wonderful day,

Laurie~

 

 

100 Happy Days – Link-Up Party – Day, One and Two

Hello and Happy Thursday! 

#Confession I am a celestial geek. Moon + Sun + Stars = Happiness.

It was a couple years ago, I realized that my life, basically is on the Moon’s Schedule. It’s odd that people think of witches when your talking about the moon and moon energy. Our bodies are made up of mostly water and if you really think about it. The moon affects all the water here on Earth, the tides etc. Why wouldn’t I expect it to affect me personally, I am after-all made up of mostly water.

Yesterday’s New Moon came to me, with a rush and purpose, set with new intentions! 🙂 A real feeling of a fresh start. I have not felt the same since Mercury Retrograded in September. It never seemed to end, to be quite honest. Last two months have NOT been my finest. Although, with certain circumstances, this has not exactly been a great year. I’m just RELYING on the fact that I had to get this (not so great) year, out of the way to make room for 2016 to ROCK!

But, guess what?! Everyday things are getting better! I’m already ready to #BringOn 2016! But, first I have to survive the rest of this year!

It’s 6AM here and I am sitting here with my Sun (Happy) Lamp on me. I started doing this every-morning (from either 5-6 or 6-7.) In fact, I would say it is part of my morning routine! And, I will continue through the winter months! It also comes in handy during these gray blah (GETTING COLDER,) DAYS!

This is my first week participating in the 100 Happy Days Link-Up that I found from, Kate at Kreative Whim, the other hosts include:

I will just start with two HAPPY DAYS! And, keep linking up on Thursday’s from here on out!

Day One: 11/11 

I had one of those “money conversations with my hubby and got a lot of tension out of the air. Not to mention the literal “elephant in the room!” I spent time with a friend, it’s nice to have a friend who owns a spa and I am loving her Infrared Sauna! Came home, and cooked dinner and had “movie night” with Hubby. We watched Southpaw and Trainwreck!

I also discovered coloring!

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Check out my Instagram for the finished coloring!

Day Two: 11/12 (today) 

Woke up feeling fantastic. Not to mention the yummy coffee in my cup! On the menu for the day is meeting my friend at her Sauna and then heading to Hot Yoga to meet up with more friends. Probably, spend some time with hubby, since he took today off, and then tonight meeting friends at Bible Study. So, basically today is all about spending time with the people I love! ❤

Excited to keep up with this link-up challenge!

What are you reading?!?! 

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If I could ready a book everyday for 100 days, that would make me happy!

Well, cheers time for me to get my day movin and groovin!

XOXO,

Laurie~

Fab Friday — Let’s Talk New Year’s Resolutions

I don’t know what happened to 2014 — I must have blinked!

I know it’s not even Christmas, but New Year’s still tops my Favorite Holiday List! Call me crazy, I don’t care!!! I love the promise of a New Year, new changes, wipe the slate clean, and fresh starts. I don’t even care that I will be one of those people at the Overcrowded Gym on New Years day! Hey, I’m there all year, but going to the gym on New Year’s just fine. I think New Year’s Resolutions are “under-rated!” You may find me in the storage bin isle at Wal-Mart with 20 other people, that’s cool too! I love aspiring to New Goals, Intentions, Self-Improvement etc. etc. etc.

This year my number #1… (drum Roll please)

Getting Organized! Yup! That is my New year’s resolution.

After going all the way through The Artist Way with Morning pages and all (again!) I realized….. that It’s time for me to come out of the closet! But, First I have to clear a pat to the actual closet! Yup, you heard that right! Oh man, I am stepping out of my comfort zone with this one. I am gonna designate a day here on the blog to update my progress with “Before and After” pics and how I am handling this emotionally. It’s my best kept secret and I am really letting it out! I can stash n dash with the best of them, but piles, and piles, and piles of STUFF is hidden behind closed doors! And, quite honestly… Out in the open, you just aren’t invited over or in! Yup, it’s true. It’s sad and it’s my one big big downfall that is holding me back fro any more goals or intentions that I have.

Well, I have had enough! I am doing something about it! Seriously, some rooms I don’t even go into in my home, just to throw something on top of a mountain and quickly shut the door. I don’t even need to make any more Resolutions this “one BIG thing” will clear the way for everything else! And, It is a BIG thing.

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(Image Via, The Tao Of Dana)

Yup, I joined in the Catalyst Camp from, The Tao of Dana and that is how I am starting my new year! Seriously, check it out! I just love her style, I’m already stoked based on the intro Video Series! Check it out! This is the best gift to myself for the New Year is less stress and a clean and organized home! If you can’t find your closet either message me, I love accountability partners! I’m gonna Feng Shui my way to happiness! I’m a little nervous to put myself out here like this, seriously. I’m not sure what day I will designate here on the blog yet, but I am putting it all out there to keep MYSELF accountable!

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Anyways, There it is my dirty (literally!) little secret!!! And, the truth will set you free!

Bring it ON 2015! I already feel better just writing about it.

How about you, what is your New Year’s Resolution? Big small I wanna hear about it. Even if your Anti-Resolutions let’s chat! As, always tips are welcome! If you are joining me at Catalyst Camp let me know!

XOXO,

Laurie~*

Ultimate Coffee Date — November –Link Up — Randomness Saturday

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Good Morning!

Happy Saturday! Happy November!

Virtual Coffee Date November — a special thanks for hosting goes to @Got2Run4Me

As we bring in another new month, it’s nice to take a coffee break and take in my visions, dreams, goals, while enjoying the peace and quiet of a sleeping household.

If we were having coffee this Morning… It might be a little bit of a strategy session, I would probably bring up everything that is stressing me out and overwhelming me to enlist your help for me to get my routines in place, in order to have a stress-less November.  I’m sure you would come up with some kick @$$ ideas!

I would tell you haw Mercury Retrograde Kicked my booty in the month of October! I had been so frustrated, that even writing a blog post was a struggle. I think I got to the bottom of the “Real” issues I was having. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out ME! My life and what direction I want to go with it! It’s not that I don’t want to keep up on this blog, it’s more that I want to upgrade it, make it better, really learn how to do it right! And, another BIG HUGE Epiphany is that I don’t ONLY want to write about Health, Wellness, and Fitness etc. Maybe for this blog YES, but I’m doing something DIFFERENT!!!! I have been trying for years, and years, and years to just get over myself and just DO IT! I started writing my first Novel. Sure, I have had many  failed attempts, but for the challenge for National Write a Novel in November Challenge at NaNoWriMo I am setting a goal of 2500 words a day, when the challenge is for 50,000 words, which would be 1667 a day. I’m writing somewhere between Fantasy, Horror, and Romance Genre. But, who knows which direction this will take me.  If your up for a different kind of challenge JOIN ME! This is gonna be fun!

I would tell you about some of the Artist Dates I have been having with myself. Since I have been reading The Artist Way! One of my favorites is just tinkering around at the local health food stores.  Trying new stuff. I also bought my first Sage Stick that I will use after I get some major housework/de-cluttering done! Want to help me?!?!?! I will pay you LOL! J/K
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OK!!! So I unloaded all my stress with a big old vent session over coffee!!!

Now it’s time for me to shut up and your turn to tell me what’s up with you!!!!

Happy Halloween — Goodbye October — Hello November

Happy Halloween! & a BIG TGIF!!!

I blinked! And another Month slipped by me! Where I live in Washington State it’s also Goodbye Fall Hello Winter Month in November! So I want to make the most of these last of these FEW Fall days. The weather kin of changes from all out summer to gray, gloomy,crappy and rainy! There are very few “beautiful fall days,” before Winter hits. Winters here aren’t too bad (knock on wood!) But, as a summer girl who deals with S.A.D. more difficult! I am currently looking at Natural Sunlight Lamps in my other window, while I type this. Every year I say, “I need to get one of those!” & Every year goes by and I forget or say I’ll get one later. THE TIME IS NOW! Also, on my fall bucket list is get into the allergist! I know I am in for weekly shots, but the payoff can be huge! I spend so much time wrestling with sinus problems! I can Immunity Boost all day everyday. But, in the end I end up with Sinus Infection after Sinus Infection. I put those two acts of Self-Care at the TOP of my priority list! Also, In between Fall and Winter quarter I need to get to Florida to see my mom and soak in a little Winter Florida Sunshine won’t hurt me a bit! ❤ These are my TOP Priorities!

Now for my fall/winter Intentions and Goals!

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Living in the Land of Overwhelm.

I did a big ole’ Brain Dump last night, and continued it in my Morning Pages (at 2 freakin AM,) which I am currently going into week 8 with The Artist Way  ! I have to take a moment to be SUPER “grateful” that I am going through this and also, keeping up with A Course In Miracles.

I have a LOT going on and a long list of things I want and NEED to accomplish during the month of November! However, when I break it down into a time frame and time management every day, there is NO NEED to be stressed out about it! Everything I am doing is inching me a step closer to my dreams and goals. Super exciting stuff going on! Time management and planning is KEY!

My timer is my BEST FRIEND for projects, studying, working out, Fall/Clean Sweep with a Feng Shui twist, ME TIME, writing, etc. etc. I just have to take everything step by step — and day by day and I totally got this.

JUST BREATHE!

Today I am working on a rock solid plan to keep up with everything for the whole month. There are things that are just non-negotiable and need to get done.

– November Intentions –

~* I Intend to workout every day — no exceptions/ excuses! Even if it is a active rest day! This is at the top of the list, because this is ME time and and will help with future goals.

~* I Intend to EAT CLEAN — this is for my health and energy levels, this is just as easy as sticking to a plan, meal prep etc.

~* Carve out my study time — Just like it is my job! Eliminate distractions during this time. Time for school studying and time for self-improvement and studying for my certifications.

~* This one may seem crazy — but, it’s something I WANT! I am writing just 50,000 words in November for my Novel. That’s only 1667 words a day. This may seem like a lot of work but for me it’s play/creative time! I joined a group and an taking the challenge and I am not looking at this as one more task To-Do. I have a million stories crowding my head space, time to take the leap and get some of it out!

~* The most dreaded of these tasks is House Stuff! Again, my timer is my BEST Friend! And, sticking to my plan that I will have written out for each day.

Trust me…All this stuff can make my head spin too, if I think too much on it. So…… I am not going to think on all of it after today, I am just going to do it. I’m not working right now I GOT THIS! Breaking out planners, calendars, etc. Success is my only option! I am actually excited for this month and excited to get set in my schedule and work through my Intentions. ❤

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Wishing you all your own success in November — On step — One Day at a time~*

XOXO,

Laurie~*

Tuesday #RealTalk

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Happy Tuesday!!!

Personal Update! I’ve been on another little blog time out! One of the main reasons; I am working on myself! Taking time for self care, focusing on homework, focusing on studying for CPT Exam and Studying for my glowFIT instructor training, and trying to keep up on schoolwork & get N’ my workouts in! I feel great about everything! I just had writers block again! I’m still working through The Artist’s Way! Which I am loving, in week 7! On one day a couple weeks ago I got these really cool journals on my Artist Date! I also got a New Yoga Mat! Got these to inspire me on my new journey and keep me engaged and focused! I’ve been a little overwhelmed lately and trying to find my “Balance!” Let’s just say I am a total work in progress!!! Meditation and Yoga are keeping me sane while I have been a little “under the weather” to boot!
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My Mantra for each New Day! Leonie Dawson Baby-steps! I got this! My morning pages are helping me get to the root of my issues! I can’t possibly say enough good things about them, even when I don’t want to do them and don’t want to hear what they are saying! ❤
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Sometimes…. I just have to take a step back and look at what is really going on. I am finding my confidence again! I’ve been frustrated lately, but I am feeling much better now. This Virgo is grateful that Mercury Retrograde is over with! It’s time to get ME right!

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I love IG! Feel free to add me @lauriev767

One disappointing thing that happened recently is that I got a new phone with the worlds WORST camera! So, I haven’t been happy with pics that I have been taking. I am gonna try to figure out how to take better pics. I have a LG Optimist if anyone has any advise on this matter! Man having a new phone is kind of emotional!  I had to remember passwords, think about what I lost on my old phone, it was just a pain in the @$$! But, at least the battery works more than a hour! I try to keep a gratitude attitude about it.

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OK…So what to do when you have too much on your plate?!?!? Take on a BIG HUGE challenge! A totally different kind of marathon! This is huge for me! I am participating in NaNoWriteMo !!!! Write a novel 50,000 words in the Month of November for National Write A Book Month! I am so excited about this, and it will have nothing to do with Health and fitness. I found local groups with this website, lots of fun activities and local write ins! Basically that’s 1667 words a day and I am going for it! If your interested in participating with such a awesome challenge… Add me as a Writing Buddy LaurieV.

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Yup, so that’s what’s been going on in my corner of the world!

XOXO,

Laurie~8

Just Another Random Wednesday — Confessions & Randomness

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Happy Wednesday!!! Hump day!!! Half way through the week! And, super busy week it has been and will continue to be! For some reason I woke up at 2:30 and couldn’t go back to sleep so I am up watching the Lunar Eclipse and getting caught up on homework. “Getting caught up,” is the theme for the week so far.

Note to self: Preparation is KEY !!!!! I will not be making that mistake next week. And, using the next few days to get caught up on everything, so I am NOT waking up at 2am thinking, “Crap I have so much to do!”

Started the week off on Monday unprepared, I didn’t get to food prep or even schedule my week this weekend! Totally threw me off! It’s just been crazy! I am blaming Mercury Retrograde! LOL

Monday, I took my Mother In Law in to remove a large tumor from her Breast. Doctor said he got it all and is most likely benign. So, thank god for that. Still waiting for results, he said if it was cancerous he got it all anyways.

Tuesday, I had a lot of running around to do, homework (still not caught up,) got to just a little house work, and was HAPPY I made it to the Gym and met a friend fro Zumba, met a friend there. Man, never regret a workout!!! I was thinking of excuses, my back was bothering me, I had stuff to do etc.I felt like a million bucks after my workout. Another note to self: Workout when I really don’t want to!

OK… Confession Time… I got on the scale at the gym. (Insert face of horror here!) I knew I had gained weight. But, I didn’t realize how much! and watching myself in Zumba class I felt so critical of myself and the weight I have gained. and, then to put the icing on the cake. The instructor asked me if I was pregnant, and said she had slowed down the workout for me, thinking I was pregnant. I’m not offended, she was nice about it, that’s how I felt watching myself in the mirror! My pants kept rolling off my belly, so I kept pulling them back up the whole time. Why am I not offended? That was my wake up call. It put me on “girl on a freakin mission” status! I have an AWESOME accountability partner for the For The Glow, glowFIT 90 day challenge. Sending in my before photos and measurements and weight today. I will be posting progress pics, to stay accountable here on the blog!

Anyways, this leads me to Wednesday 4:30 am here and getting myself taken care of today! It’s “ME” day! I have a massage and Chiropractor appointment this morning. Finish taking care of my issues, that was part of why I wasn’t getting my workouts in. And, when I am not getting my workouts in, I go into self sabotage mode! I just don’t know ever since school started, my back was out, and I was having bad sciatica. I turned to food. My “old” ways crept back up on me.

Also, I got behind on my October Blogging Challenge! My last post was Friday! Another thing that makes me feel bad is when I say I’m gonna do something and I don’t! So, I am gonna run through a quick catch up on challenge blogs. I said this was gonna be random right?!?!? At least I will be caught up and I can move forward!

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4. Explain the story behind your blog name!

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It just happened! I started my blog with a name I hated. Healthy Obsession for Fitness. True, I am a little obsessed. But, It just didn’t fit me. A lot of my #hashtags were #betterlatethannever !!! If I overslept and got my workout in late it was #betterlatethannever to workout! I am getting older (sigh) and went through years where I was NOT being KIND to myself and my body, I am going to school after a few failed attempts when my kids were younger, it’s much easier now that my kids are older. And, so what if I didn’t get my education in earlier, it really is Better Late Than Never! Also, I didn’t want my blog to just about fitness. It is about my own self improvement as a whole. Which involves so many aspects! To be quite honest, it was really just a journal that I didn’t expect anyone to read!

5. Top five Movies!

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I really have a long list. I could probably name my Top 50 favorite movies! But, here are 5 off the top of my head.

1~* Star Wars….the whole series!!

2~* Big.

3~* The Goonies.

4~* Never Ending Story.

5~* Orange County.

This one is a odd one. kinda glad I was behind, because I don’t think I could come up with a whole blog post on this.

6. Six Pet Peeves.

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1~* Sagging Pants! It wasn’t cute in the early 90’s and it’s not cute now.

2~* People that are “judgy,” or just plain ignorant. This could cover several topics. I am just a “to each their own” kind of person. Even those with saggy pants LOL

3~* Crowded stores. It really brings out my anxiety!

4~* Photoshopped Models.

5~* People who don’t take care of their animals!

6~* Negative people!!!!!!!!! I’m too sensitive to be around negativity!

OK! I am ALMOST caught up to today! WHEW! I feel so much better now! Now on to homework and housework, before my Massage and a nice long nap!!!!

XOXO, Hope you all are having a great week!

OH….. and one more thing!!!!!

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I found where to get this amazingly cute hoodie that I posted the other day!!! I am totally buying this even though it’s kinda expensive!!!! YAY!